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Nora Teresa Molyneux, CSJP (1929 - 2017)

Nora Teresa Moiyneux, born on November 22, 1929, in Lisselton, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland, was the fourth child of Thomas Moiyneux and Mary O'Carroll Moiyneux. She had four brothers: Sylvester, Timothy, James and John. Her only sister, Mary, died in infancy. Nora was educated in the Lissleton National School and the Presentation Convent School. When she was 14 years old, Nora read a booklet describing the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Their ministry to orphans and the blind inspired her. Two months before her 15th birthday, Nora became an affiliate with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Cabra, County Down, Northern Ireland on September 26, 1944. Two years later, she moved to the US to become a postulant in the religious community at St. Michael Novitiate in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. On February 2, 1947, Nora received the religious habit and was given the name Sister Mary Columcille. She continued her novitiate training for two years, and on February 2, 1949, Sr. Columcille pronounced her First Vows.

After her First Profession, Sr. Columcille was enrolled in the three- year nurse's training program at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. In 1952, she graduated with her RN in Nursing, and was assigned to serve at Holy Name Hospital for three years. In 1955, Sr. Columcille was transferred to St. James Hospital in Newark, NJ. Here she was appointed Nursing Supervisor. Sr. Columcille was called on to use her leadership, management and administrative skills in health care ministry for the next 25 years. She complied with degree and course requirements for the varied positions and offices she held. With the advent of the Second Vatican Council, Sr. Columcille returned to her baptismal name, Nora. From 1983 to 1986, she served as administrator of St. Michael Villa for the care of sick and retired Sisters. Sr. Nora was elected Vice Provincial of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1983. She was often called upon to serve on Boards of Trustees for various ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. In 1997, on her Jubilee, Sr. Nora wrote, "For the past 48 years, I have loved every day of my life serving in the health care ministry."

When Sr Nora's health started to deteriorate, she served for fewer hours at Holy Name Hospital. In 2013, at age 84, Sr Nora was moved to the Infirmary at St. Michael Villa in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Here, she preferred and enjoyed the quiet of her room and time for prayer. Sr. Nora died on July 13, 2017. Father Joseph Murphy offered her funeral Mass in the Infirmary. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ. Her brothers predeceased Sr. Nora: Sylvester, John and James, and her sister Mary. She was survived by her brother, Timothy Moiyneux in Ireland, her nephews, Tom and Noel Moiyneux in Ireland, her nieces, Siobhan Hazelwood in England and Norrie Moiyneux in Jersey City, NJ.


Nora Teresa Molyneux, CSJP (1929 - 2017)

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Bishop Bagshawe